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Incredible Stories From the Tucson Festival of Books!

March 15, 2017

Although I’m still a bit groggy after taking a red-eye flight home, I’ve been completely energized by my experiences this past weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books. What an amazing event and an incredible experience! Powered by over 2,000 volunteers, 350 participating authors and over 130,000 visitors, this Festival celebrates our love of books and stories, and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to be part of it.

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Five Science Events Not To Miss During The Festival of Books

March 10, 2017

It seems all of Tucson is getting ready for the annual Tucson Festival of Books. This celebration of literature brings dozens of authors from around the world to the UA campus to share their work with the community. While the festival provides an excellent opportunity for those with artistic aspirations, the event also features several unique and interesting opportunities to learn about science. Here are five can’t-miss science attractions for this weekend’s Festival of Books.

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10 Things To Do At The Tucson Festival of Books

March 8, 2017

With 350 presenting authors and a sea of white tents filling the University of Arizona Mall for the Tucson Festival of Books, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, deciding what to see, do and experience can be overwhelming. Here are 10 ideas you won’t want to miss — and an event that happens after the festival. Find information about these events and activities at tucsonfestivalofbooks.org or with the apps available for iPhone and Android devices.

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Underscoring Women Innovators, Champions In STEM

March 6, 2017

Two UA researchers, both scheduled to give talks during the Tucson Festival of Books, speak about the importance of the current nationwide conversation about the contributions of women in STEM.

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Tucson Festival of Books Returns For 9th Year

March 6, 2017

The Tucson Festival of Books returns to the University of Arizona campus Saturday and Sunday for the ninth year. Hannah Isaac, an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Festival of Books, says they are expecting 135,000 people to attend this year. The festival will have over 350 authors involved of all different genres, including Molly Yeh, Sam Sykes, Adam Rex, and Lisa See. The current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be doing a poetry reading at this year’s festival. There will be workshops and exhibitions as well, including Science City where kids can learn about science and do hands-on experiments.

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How To Do The Tucson Festival of Books

March 6, 2017

The annual festival, held on the UA campus, spans dozens of themes, including poetry, politics, fiction, fantasy, music, military, spirituality and outdoor adventures.

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Tucson Festival of Books Will Be Smokin' With Play, Presentations and Performances

February 9, 2017

Things will blow up and be set on fire at the Tucson Festival of Books. And you might find some ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, said Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the University of Arizona College of Science speaking to the festival's steering committee earlier this month.

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Tucson Festival of Books: Fandom and Fun

March 12, 2016

Acrobats, giant telescopes and a hugging “cactus” were just some of the sights for book lovers who turned out in force Saturday at the University of Arizona to explore the Tucson Festival of Books. Sunny the Cactus, mascot for Saguaro National Park, waved to the crowd at the National Park Experience Pavilion as a line of attendees waited to take a photo or get a hug.

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Learn About Volcanoes With Explosions On The UA Mall At The Tucson Festival of Books

March 11, 2016

One of Tucson’s classic attractions, the annual Festival of the Books, is known for working closely with UA departments to form community outreach opportunities. Science City is one of these outreach opportunities. In fact, it is the largest science event held in the state.

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Everything You Need To Know About Science City

March 11, 2016

The University of Arizona's College of Science and BIO5 Institute are proud to once again co-host Science City, spanning the exciting worlds of science and technology. Science City, the largest STEM event in Arizona, is designed to spark curiosity, encourage literacy and promote an interest in science. Visitors of Science City will experience the connection between their daily lives and advances in science, as well as learn about groundbreaking research being done at the UA.

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Science City's Hip New Neighborhood

March 09, 2016

These days nerds are hip; artists hipper. Combine the two, as the University of Arizona College of Science is doing for this year's Tucson Festival of Books, and you create a hipster paradise -- the Science in Art neighborhood of the festival's Science City.

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Science City: State's Largest's STEM Event

March 08, 2016

Hosted by the UA's BIO5 Institute, the College of Science, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, it gives visitors to the Tucson Festival of Books the opportunity to learn about research and experience innovation. 

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UA’s BIO5 Institute and College of Science To Co-Host Largest STEM Event In Arizona

March 06, 2016

Science City a two-day celebration of science, technology, imagination, and literacy, and a destination within the Tucson Festival of Books held on the UA campus March 12-13.

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Festival To Feature Science, Society, New Works

March 02, 2016

The annual Tucson Festival of Books will present authors and events around the culinary arts, children's and teen literature, science, health and medicine, crime, sports, travel, science fiction, self-help, the arts and other genres.

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Shakespeare, Poe, National Parks At The Tucson Festival of Books

January 30, 2016

Shakespeare, Poe and national parks will be among the highlights of the eighth Tucson Festival of Books set for Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, at the University of Arizona.

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Why Pi? It's A History Lesson All Its Own

March 17, 2015

Last weekend marked a celebration of Super Pi Day, the single date per century that most closely resembles the legendary mathematical constant. From the wheels that get you from Point A to Point B, to the GPS system that helps you find your way, there is a single number that makes these and countless other innovations possible. Over 100,000 people packed the UA mall and surrounding areas this weekend.

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Festival of Books Comes To An End

March 15, 2015

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The seventh annual Tucson Festival of Books wrapped up Sunday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m.Over 100,000 people packed the UA mall and surrounding areas this weekend.

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Young Authors and Young Fans and Festival of Books

March 14, 2015

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The University of Arizona mall and surrounding area was filled with thousands today for the first day of the Tucson Festival of Books.

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Pi, Volcanoes and DNA At Science City

March 13, 2015

The normally patchy field of grass on the east side of the UA Mall will soon be the stomping grounds of animals, insects and robots. All of Tucson will have a chance to be a scientist for the weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books’ Science City event.

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Fun Science Will Be Found At The Festival of Books

March 11, 2015

At the Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books, the science of everyday life and the science of tomorrow are only a few booths away. Over 150 participants from the UA, Biosphere 2, OSIRIS-REx and many other clubs,
departments and organizations will gather together to share their science with the general public.

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Lovers of Learning To Unite At Book Festival

March 11, 2015

The festival is about more than books. Science City promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy, and it is the largest STEM event in Arizona. It includes hands-on activities and interactive
demonstrations for visitors to learn about innovations in health, science, engineering and technology.

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Sensational Science City Includes Heaping Serving of Pi

March 10, 2015

What has five neighborhoods, two stages, eight open houses and tours, and is filled with wonder? The answer is Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), held March 14-15 on the University of Arizona mall. Over the event’s two days, people of all ages will enjoy free demonstrations, shows, author panels and signings, and presentations from UA researchers about their cutting-edge work.

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Science City Adds Pi To The Menu

March 4,2015 

A diverse, excitement-filled Science City lineup awaits visitors as the University of Arizona prepares to share
science with the masses at the annual Tucson Festival of Books on March 14 and 15.

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Science City At The Tucson Festival of Books

March 4, 2015 

Welcome back to Tucson Science Scene! Spring is here in the Sonoran Desert. Along with the wildflowers, March brings the Tucson Festival of Books (the weekend of March 14, 15), the third biggest book festival in the country! Held at the University of Arizona, (U of A) the Book Fest celebrates our region’s passion for reading and knowledge.

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Things Will Erupt At The Tucson Festival of Books

March 3, 2015 

The Villarica volcano erupted early Tuesday near Pucon, Chile, spewing a towering lava fountain and an ash plume into the sky above the volcano. The impressive eruption of one of the Chile's most active volcanoes piques the interest and imaginations of many children (and grownups, too). The kid- and adult-friendly Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books will offer a peek into volcanos.

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UA Spotlight 

February 27, 2015 

The Tucson Festival of Books is also coming up, which has grown in a very short time into one of the largest
festivals of its kind in the United States. One of the most popular offerings is also the state's largest STEM
(science, technology, math and engineering) event: Science City, a special area of the festival that offers hands-on activities for adults and children of all ages.

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Book Festival Serves A Super-Sized Slice of Pi

February 21, 2015 

Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books will celebrate a milestone: Super Pi Day. π — also known as pi — is a numerical constant, which simply means it is a number that never changes. Its value is defined, and has been since Egyptians and Babylonians first estimated it back around 1900-1600 BC. Since then, its decimal
approximation length has reached 3 trillion units.

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Tucsons's Top Docs Team Up At The Book Festival

February 20, 2015

Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Peter Rhee chief of trauma, critical care, burns and
emergency surgery at the University of Arizona, team up for the panel "Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds:
Preventive and Responsive Medicine for Our Times" at 2:30 p.m. March 14 on the Science stage in Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books.

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UA's Science City: A Celebration of STEM Learning and Literacy At The Festival

February 11, 2015

Science City the largest STEM event in Arizona, is a two-day, community-based celebration at the University of Arizona designed to spark curiosity, encourage literacy, and promote an interest in science. Visitors to Science City will experience the connection between their daily lives and advances in science, as well as learn about groundbreaking research being done at the UA.

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Tucson Festival of Books: Readings, Writing and Rocking 

January 10, 2015

The 7th Annual Tucson Festival of Books is going to rock. A writers’ rock ’n’ roll band is joining the lineup of the two-day, family-oriented community celebration of reading and literacy set for March 14-15 on the University of Arizona campus.The event again gathers great authors to disccus compelling topics, complemented with food and entertainment, to raise money to support literacy. The Rock Bottom Remainders, an oldies rock cover band whose members are best-selling authors, kick off the festival on March 13 with a concert that replaces the
Authors Table dinner this year.

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Science City Attracts Young Minds To Tucson’s Festival of Books

April 4, 2014

This year's Tucson Festival of Books is an event showcasing more than just books. The celebration of literacy and learning is also highlighting science. The local festival is the fourth largest of its kind in the nation, and the only one that has made science a key component of the event.

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Blog Post: Tucson Festival of Books 2014

March 17, 2014

Tucson, the 33rd largest city in the United States hosts the 4th largest book festival in the country.  Every year the festival draws more and more people–well over a hundred thousand.  That might make you rethink some of the negative stereotypes about Arizona!

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Martians Travel To Science City At The Tucson Festival of Books

March 16, 2014

Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books brings two days of excitement and learning to the east end of the University of Arizona Mall on March 15 and 16, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From robots and lectures, to explosive demonstrations and tours, Science City is filled with wonders for all ages to explore. But wait—there’s more.
Science City is not just for Earthlings anymore.

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Large Crowds Pack Tucson Festival of Books

March 16, 2014

At times Saturday, the long lines to see famous authors rivaled those to get a soft taco or a pulled pork sandwich at the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona Mall.

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Blog Post: Tucson Festival of Books Blinded By Science

March 13, 2014

I know John and Ric have already been writing about how awesome the authors at TucsonFestival of Books are going to be, but did you happen to know that there is an amazing science tent, called Science City?

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Look For New Layout, Themed 'Neighborhoods' At UA's Science City At Festival of Books

March 10, 2014

The University of Arizona open the doors to its science-rich campus as part of the nationally recognized Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16,2014.

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Press Release: UA's Science City At The Tucson Festival of Books A Celebration of STEM Learning and Literacy

March 4, 2014

Powered by the University of Arizona's (UA) College of Science and the BIO5 Institute, Science City at the
Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) is a mojor highlight of the two-day, community-based celebration of Literacy and learning held on the UA campus.

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Blog Post: Love Letter To The Tucson Festival of Books

March 4, 2014

Let’s roll back the clocks . . . March 2009. Many, many volunteers (myself included) had worked countless hours begging authors from around the country to come and take part in the first annual Festival. “But Tucson is a book-loving city,” I can hear the volunteers saying (pleading) with publicists from such well-known companies as Random House and Simon & Schuster. And thank goodness we stuck with it.

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Tucson Festival of Books Overview

January 26, 2014

Where in the world would you go to celebrate a 20th anniversary? An Albuquerque book group picked the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books. One member tossed out the idea of the group’s venturing off to Paris (France, not Texas) to celebrate the milestone, says Judy Judkins, a member who has been to two previous Tucson book festivals

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